Straight Forward Reviews : Ivar, Timewalker # 5

IVAR_005_COVER-A_LIEBERWriter – Fred Van Lente

Artist – Francis Portela

Publisher – Valiant

Review by Jeremias de Leon

Story

Neela is speaking with the leader of the Prometheans and incidentally happens to be her future self. Those that know my reviews know I usually steer clear of spoilers but believe it or not, it’s not the craziest thing in this book, nor is this even considered a spoiler.

While this is going on we see Ivar going around time to gather up his allies, particularly one warrior who happens to be Eternal.

Fred Van Lente’s quality work with the character dialog shines through in this issue. Also, the whole issue, especially during the near end of the book felt like an origin story. As this is the end of one arc and the beginning of another that’s a welcome feeling to have for this issue.

Art

The art in this issue is gorgeously detailed. The character designs look unique and like actual people but still stylized enough that it doesn’t have the “uncanny valley” effect. What most likely might blow readers minds are the large panels that show the sci-fi tech and the shots of space. Which look beautiful. IVAR_005_003-004

Verdict

This issue was definitely enjoyable. The positives for it are great action scenes, highly detailed art, and some great character dialog. Some of the comic felt a bit slow however but that’s not a huge negative. But it did feel like it could have spent less time on Eternal Warrior and gave equal time to what happens in the end of the issue. I give Ivar, Timewalker # 5 an 8.5 out of 10.